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  • 04 Nov 2009
    UNDP in the occupied Palestinian territory

    Since 1978, UNDP's Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People has been implementing projects in the occupied Palestinian territory worth over US$600 million.

  • 03 Nov 2009
    Religions take a bold step towards a low-carbon future

    Windsor, UK - Nine of the world’s major religions today announced new, concrete actions to tackle climate change at a summit organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the non-profit group Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and HRH The Prince Philip, who hosted the unique gathering at his Windsor Castle home.

  • 27 Oct 2009
    iKNOW Politics launches Arabic website to support women in politics

    Amman, Jordan - iKNOW Politics, an online network dedicated to the advancement of women in politics, launched a new Arabic language version here today, opening it up to potentially millions of new users in a region where women are underrepresented politically.

  • 22 Sep 2009
    UNDP human development initiatives in the Arab World

    UNDP directed US$579 million in human development aid to the Arab region in 2008, an increase of 21 percent from the year before in a region that is experiencing a number of conflict and post-conflict recovery situations. Indeed, the bulk of the funds, 70 percent, went toward programmes in Iraq, Sudan, Somalia and Palestine supporting the rehabilitation of socioeconomic infrastructure and the creation of temporary employment for the millions of people who suffered devastating losses as a result of violent conflict.

  • 17 Sep 2009
    Millennium Development campaign kicks off in Somalia

    On 12 August, a jubilant mood took over the Somali towns of Garowe and Hargeisa as groups of young people marched along the streets in celebration of International Youth Day. They held aloft banners bearing messages from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as loudspeakers everywhere excitedly announced community football matches later in the day. The events, organized by UNDP along with the UN Population Fund, mark the beginning of a sustained advocacy campaign promoting the MDGs and poverty reduction in Somalia.

  • 12 Aug 2009
    A summer camp brings together Lebanese and Palestinian youths

    A UNDP-supported conflict recovery project in Lebanon , in collaboration with the Government, is breaking down prevailing stereotypes held by Palestinian and Lebanese youth through a very unique programme.

  • 21 Jul 2009
    Threats to human security impede development in the Arab countries

    BEIRUT ― In Arab countries, a widespread lack of human security undermines human development, according to the Arab Human Development Report 2009: Challenges to Human Security in the Arab Countries. This report is prepared by independent scholars drawn from the region.

  • 20 Jul 2009
    Statement from the UN in Somalia on the looting of UN compounds

    Nairobi, KENYA – Two UN compounds were looted today in Baidoa and Wajid, Somalia. Al Shabaab men entered both compounds and took UN equipment and vehicles.

  • 08 Jul 2009
    Qatar's Human Development Report focuses on sustainable development

    Doha - Qatar’s second National Human Development Report launched today under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Hamad Bin Jabor Bin Jassem Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar examines three critical and pressing environmental challenges facing the emirate, namely, water security; threats to the marine environment; and the effects of climate change.

  • 01 Jul 2009
    Microfinance in the districts of Djibouti

    It is 9 a.m. in an alley in Balbala, an immense area on the outskirts of Djibouti City. People hurry to and fro in front of the shop run by Nima Moussa Warfa, as they embark on a shopping expedition, engaged in a quest for rice, pasta, flour, and other basic foodstuffs.

  • 01 Jul 2009
    Concerns Iraq will not meet mine ban treaty obligations

    BAGHDAD – A joint UNICEF-UNDP report, released today with the Iraqi Ministry of Environment, raises concerns that Iraq is unable to meet its obligations under the Ottawa Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty.

  • 23 Jun 2009
    Government of Iraq, UN meet on the National Development Plan

    Baghdad - The Government of Iraq and UN Agencies concluded today a workshop to review UN’s contribution to national priorities and initially agree on the alignment of future UN programming to Iraq’s National Development Plan.

  • 21 Jun 2009
    UN-supported Iraqi news agency nominated for prestigious award

    BAGHDAD — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is proud to announce that one of its key projects in Iraq, wat al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq), an independent Iraqi news agency has been nominated for the prestigious One World Broadcasting Trust’s Special Award

  • 05 Jun 2009
    Towards free, fair and transparent elections in Lebanon

    The 2009 Lebanese elections will be different from the previous parliamentary elections. This year, several changes were made concerning the electoral procedures such as redrawing of the electoral district, holding the elections in all the districts at the same day and using the National ID cards instead of voter cards. These changes were the outcome of the new electoral law that was enacted on October 2008 in the framework of the reconciliation process following the Doha agreement.

  • 31 May 2009
    Elected women sworn in for first time in Kuwaiti parliamentary history

    Kuwait City - When Majlis AlUmmah convenes in Kuwait today for its first session after the last elections, women will occupy 4 out of the 50 member seats of the National Assembly, as the first elected female representatives in the history of the oldest parliament in a Gulf Arab state.

  • 06 May 2009
    UNDP to aid Kurdistan Region Government

    Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – UNDP-Iraq launched a three-year 4.5-million US dollar project in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, on Wednesday to support the budget planning and execution capacities of the Kurdistan Region Government (KRG).

  • 03 May 2009
    Media's role in elections a hot topic in Iraqi Kurdistan

    Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan Region - A World Press Freedom Day conference organized in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan on Sunday and sponsored by UNESCO and UNDP, saw a lively and rich debate on press freedom issues in the context of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the upcoming regional and national elections.

  • 14 Apr 2009
    Release of thousands of detainees secured in Somalia

    Over the past two years, the UNDP-supported Police Advisory Committee (PAC) has secured the release of more than 5,000 detainees in South Central Somalia, an achievement celebrated during the PAC’s annual debriefing meeting last week in Kampala.

  • 06 Apr 2009
    Landmine clearance critical to boost Iraqi economy

    Baghdad - An estimated 20 million landmines and 2.66 million cluster bomblets are contaminating Iraq’s oil fields and farmlands, impeding economic recovery according to government figures.

  • 06 Apr 2009
    UNDP supports elections, assists parliaments

    UNDP has played a key role in strengthening democratic governance around the world. But there is a long way to go, especially considering the inadequate progress being made on reaching the Millennium Development Goals. While it is possible to achieve economic growth without democratic governance, evidence indicates that, in its absence, real sustainable gains in human development for everyone remain out of reach. Investing in democratic governance is vital to make development work.